Unprecedented political events in Egypt have led to the postponement of the Girls African National Championships, confirmed an African Volleyball Confederation press representative. The uprising, which took place largely in February, forced the event, slated to take place in February, to be postponed. This will be the second time the games have been postponed as play was originally planned to take place in Rwanda before Rwanda subsequently withdrew.
“The competition was due to be held in Egypt but due to the political incidents Egypt cancelled the organization which was granted to Algeria in March,” said Press Officer Tarek Al-Adwar in an email to Volleyball.
This is a qualifying event for the 2011 FIVB Girls Youth World Championships, scheduled to take place this summer in Ankara, Turkey in August. Presently the qualified field consists of Japan, China and Thailand from the Asian Championships, USA, Mexico and Puerto Rico from the Norceca Championships, five yet to be named European teams who will qualify as a result of the Girl’s Youth European Championships (April 30 – May 8 in Ankara, Turkey) and two qualifiers from the aforementioned African Championships.
A surprise in the games has been Japan. With a rich history of volleyball, the relatively small nation upset powerhouse China to win the Asian Girls Youth Championship and, along with the United States, is a team to watch. The USA defeated Mexico to win their Fifth straight Norceca Championship in May.
Originally published in May 2011